EXCERPTS FROM THE REVIEW
Below are excerpts from the November 3, 2016 Broadway World review of The Roommate.
Credit must be given to Everyman's Artistic Director Vince Lancisi who first saw THE ROOMMATE at the Humana Festival in 2015 and knew "...it was something that we just had to produce."
It is filled with heart, humor, poignancy, laughter, grief, and learning to live life to its fullest.
Everyman's Artistic Associate Johanna Gruenhutmarks her directorial debut at Everyman with this riveting production. She shows great panache. Gruenhut is a great addition to the Everyman family.
Gruenhut has the pleasure of dealing with two of the Resident Company's finest members, Deborah Hazlett and Beth Hylton. Do not miss these two accomplished performers together on stage non-stop for 90 intermission-less minutes.
The Roommate is just plain brilliant...Don't miss it.
This is Hazlett's 20th season as a Resident Company Member and she has given us all so many magnificent memories over the years.
Hylton also possesses an impressive bio and never fails to amaze me. They have worked together at Everyman in DEATHTRAP, AUGUST, OSAGE COUNTY and ALL MY SONS.
To see them together, alone, is a night to remember!
A conundrum facing any critic is to try and not give too much away in a review. I promise not to do so here. There are plenty of surprises in THE ROOMMATE. What I will tell you is to NOT miss this compelling work of art.
THE ROOMMATE is just plain brilliant.
Sarah Cubbage is spot on with her Costumes and Stowe Nelson's Sound Design is a great addition to the action with the sound of the rain, the coffee brewing, and the sound of a working dishwasher. Jesse Belsky's Lighting allows one to see the passage of time through sunrise and sunsets.
After the play was over, my wife, my son, his fiancé, her mother, and I stayed in the theater and found ourselves talking for about 15 minutes about what we just saw. This certainly is an excellent way to judge how good theater affects us all.
Don't miss it.